Nokia’s HERE Maps service provides maps, turn-by-turn directions, transport information, and trip planning for smartphones. This summer the company launched the first Android version of HERE Maps, but it was only available for Samsung devices at the time.
Now HERE beta is available in the Google Play Store, and it’s a free download for devices running Android 4.1 or later.
HERE provides navigation in 118 countries and the new Play Store version of the app includes performance and stability improvements, among other updates.
Sure, most Android phones sold in the US and Europe come with Google Maps, but it’s always good to have another option if you’re in a location that’s not well covered by Google’s free service. Here also supports offline maps and real-time location sharing through Glympse,
An iOS version of HERE is also in the works, and is expected to launch in early 2015.